Associate Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Toledo

Research and Technology Complex 1
2600 Dorr Street, Suite 2100E
Toledo, OH 43606,
(419) 530-3708

Nikolas J. Podraza, Ph D  



Ph.D., Physics, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 2008.
      Dissertation: “Real Time Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of the Growth and Phase Evolution of Thin Film Si1-xGex:H.”

      M.S., Physics, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2004.
      Thesis: “Optical Properties and Structure of Chiral Sculptured Thin Films from Mueller Matrix Ellipsometry.”

      B.S., Physics, Minors, Mathematics and History, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2003.

Professional Experience

The University of Toledo, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2015–present.
      The University of Toledo, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2011–2015.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, 2009–2011.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Associate, Materials Research Institute, 2008–2009.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Materials Research Institute, 2007-2008.
      The University of Toledo, Research Assistant, 2004-2007.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Research Assistant, 2003-2004.
      The Pennsylvania State University, Teaching Assistant, 2003.

Professional Activities and Organizations


  Associate Editor, Surface Science Spectra, 2013-present
        Associate Editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaic, 2013-present

Journal Reviews

   Applied Physics Letters, Applied Surface Science, Catalysis Today, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, Japanese Journal of Applied Physics,
        Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Journal of Electronic Materials,
        Physica Status Solidi (a,b and c), Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing, Review of Scientific Instruments,
        Thin Solid Films, Journal of Photoenergy, Journal of Chemistry, Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology A and B,
        Materials Chemistry and Physics, Material Science in Semiconductor Processing, Progress in Photovoltaics,
        Review of Scientific Instruments, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Surface and Interface Analysis, Surface Science Spectra,
        Thin Solid Films.

    Conference Organization

       Sub-Area Chair, 37th, 38th, and 40th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference
       Area Co-Chair, 39th and 42nd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
       Session Chair and organizer, 42nd, 43rd, and 44th International Conference on Metalllurgical Coating and Thin Films


       Solasta Inc., 2009-2010
       Applied Materials Inc., 2008-2010
       Air Products and Chemical, 2016

Professional Society Memberships

        Materials Research Society
        American Vacuum Society
        Phi Kappa Phi
        Who’s Who in America